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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES with Pre-show holiday music provided by Rob Meyers

| 1987 | 55 min | | ,
Don McBrearty

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Pre-show holiday music will be provided by Rob Meyers for this holiday classic. Adapted from Dylan Thomas’ classic poem, the film concerns a traditional Christmas in Wales around the turn of the 20th century. It’s Christmas Eve in Wales. A young boy named Thomas is excited about the holiday, but he’s also…

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THE ART OF CONSERVATION: An Art Competition Focused on Island Conservation (FREE COMMUNITY EVENT)

| 2012 | 40 minutes | | , , ,
Sean Fine, Andrea Nix

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Join us at 3:30 pm for a pre-show reception and art viewing in the Feldman Family Artspace at the MV Film Center. Program and movie to follow at 4:30 pm. FREE ADMISSION. Come see the wonderful art that reflects our concerns of nature and ecology. “VCS celebrates its 50th year in 2015,”…

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE – Ernest & Celestine offers old-fashioned delights for animation lovers of all ages

| 2013 | 80 mins | | , ,
Stéphane Aubier , Vincent Patar

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Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes. Voiced in English language (no subtitles). Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified…

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National Theatre LIVE Special Event: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

| 2014 | 130 minutes | | , ,
Marianne Elliott

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Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times…

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Music and Film Festival: DANCING IN JAFFA

| 2013 | 90 minutes | | ,
Hilla Medalia
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Although set in Israel, our film is ultimately about one man’s hopeful endeavor to shift the paradigm and stop the hate. More than anything, we hope that Dancing in Jaffa can help transcend geographic and cultural boundaries by raising awareness of the challenges involved in dealing with hatred, while also proving that change is always…

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Music and Film Festival: WE ARE THE BEST!

| 2013 | 102 minutes | | , ,
Lukas Moodysson

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‘We Are the Best!’ is a joyous celebration of youth, friendship and rebellion.WE ARE THE BEST! is Moodysson’s adaptation of his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early ’80s Stockholm. This is a film of flawless, natural performances, particularly from the three young leads. It’s 1982, and…

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FED UP

| 2014 | 92 mins | | , ,
Stephanie Soechtig

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Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you…

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BELLE

| 2014 | 105 minutes | | , ,
Amma Asante

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This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her…

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ALIVE INSIDE

| 2014 | 78 mins | | , ,

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As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient’s past…

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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT sponsored by The Center for Biological Diversity and in collaboration with Vineyard Conservation Society

| 2011 | 101 minutes | | , ,
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ON FEBRUARY 7, 2012, MOHAMED NASHEED RESIGNED THE PRESIDENCY UNDER THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE IN A COUP D’ETAT PERPETRATED BY SECURITY FORCES LOYAL TO THE FORMER DICTATOR. THIS FILM IS THE STORY OF HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE. Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a…

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

| 2013 | 104 minutes | | ,
Nicolas Vanier

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Set in a small village in the snowy Alps during WWII, an orphan named Sebastian befriends Belle, a wild dog wandering the French Alps, in the midst of a great disruption by German soldiers wishing to dismantle a network of smugglers into Switzerland. Filmmaker Nicolas Vanier transforms the 1960’s hit television show…

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ADVANCED STYLE in collaboration with MV Fashion Week (Join us for reception preceding the film beginning at 6:30 PM)

| 2014 | 72 min. | | , ,
Lina Plioplyte

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Our screening is being dedicated to Shirley Berkowitz Dworkin who passed away on September 9, 2014.  She was the younger sister of Zelda Kaplan, one of the women interviewed in this film, and the mother of Barbara Binder, an island resident. Join us for a reception preceding the film screening beginning at 6:30…

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Living Local MV Movie Night: OPEN SESAME (FREE ADMISSION)

| 2013 | 82 minutes | | , ,
M. Sean Kaminsky

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is pleased to present OPEN SESAME in collaboration with Living Local MV, The Farm Institute, Island Grown Schools and Martha’s Vineyard Community Seed Library.  Q&A afterwards with special guests: Food writer Doctor Jessica B. Harris, Ken Green founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library One of the world’s…

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THE HUNGRY HEART with filmmaker Bess O’Brien

| 2014 | | , ,
Bess O'Brien

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MEDIA SPONSORSHIP PROVIDED BY THE MV TIMES The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease. Dr. Holmes prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction.  Much like methadone,…

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Celebrating National Fossil Day – DINOSAUR 13 with special guest speaker Dr. Henry Kriegstein

2014 | 95 minutes | | , , ,
Todd Douglas Miller

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National Fossil Day is a celebration to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.    THE TRUE TALE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST DISCOVERIES IN HISTORY! When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute…

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NY Film Critics National Series: ELSA & FRED with on-screen simulcast Q&A with Star Shirley MacLaine afterwards

| 2014 | 104 mins | | , ,
Michael Radford

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Star Shirley MacLaine is the featured guest for this months NY Film Critics Show, ELSA & FRED.  Presented by the NY Film Credits National Series be a part of the LIVE National Simulcast Audience.  “Elsa and Fred” is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it’s…

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Classic Holiday Film Night: ELF

| 2003 | 107 minutes | | , ,
Jon Favreau

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  For our second Holiday Classic Film Night the Film Society will be screening ELF at the Film Center. You can expect all the usual treats that would appear at any Elf gathering (the four main food groups) : candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup!   This…

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Classic Holiday Film Night: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

| 1946 | 130 minutes | | , ,
Frank Capra

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! In tribute to the late Jonathan Revere of West Tisbury who was a big fan of classic Hollywood cinema.  Co-sponsored by the West Tisbury Library. Doors open at 6:30 pm with free refreshments and live piano music in lobby performed by Michael Haydn, the film will screen…

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1st Annual Winter Holiday Festival! Santa, singing, treats and HOME ALONE

| 1990 | 103 minutes | | ,
Chris Columbus

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It’s the holiday season – and Santa is coming to town!!!  😛   Please join us on Saturday the 20th to celebrate the holidays with the Film Society at the first ever MARTHA’S VINEYARD FILM CENTER WINTER HOLIDAY FESTIVAL with Santa Clause himself! We will be taking photographs with Santa prior to the…

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OPERA & BALLET in cinema: THE NUTCRACKER from the Vienna Staatsballett

| 2012 | 105 minutes | | , , , ,
Piotr Ilytch Tchaikovsky

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Starring Liudmila Konovalova as Clara, and Vladimir Shishov as Drosselmeier and The Prince. From the Vienna Staatsballett. The Nutcracker, certainly the most performed work in the ballet literature and one which has become a central experience for generations of ballet audiences. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev in 1967, this version holds a special place…

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From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure TOMORROWLAND, starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an…

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INSIDE OUT

| 2015 | 102 minutes | | ,
Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen

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Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy…

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I AM ELEVEN

| 2014 | 98 min | | , ,
Directed by Genevieve Bailey

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Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children…

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THE PEANUTS MOVIE

| 2015 | 92 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Steve Martino

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Life always seems complicated for good ol’ Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown finds himself completely smitten with her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy…

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR

| 2015 | 100 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Peter Sohn

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“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling…

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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

| 1944 | 113 mins | | , , , ,
Directed by Vincente Minnelli

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CHILDREN ADMITTED FREE TO SHOW Sally Benson’s short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of which proposed that the eldest Smith daughter be kidnapped and…

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THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)

| 2016 | 111 mins | | , ,
Directed by Jon Favreau

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As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, The Jungle Book is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors — all while setting a new standard for CGI. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The…

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Nature as Inspiration: SONIC SEA

| 2016 | 56 mins | | , , ,
Daniel Hinerfeld, Michelle Dougherty

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Opening Reception to Festival in MV Film Center lobby begins at 6:30 PM Post screening Q&A with: Laela Sayigh (WHOI), Patrick Ramage (IFAW), Joel Reynolds (NRDC) A documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. The film explores the critical role of sound in…

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NATURE AS INSPIRATION: ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 ALL ACCESS PASS

| 2016 | | , , , ,

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Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29, 2016 For four days, we combine environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit by MVRHS students that will adorn the walls of the Feldman Family Art Space in the Film Center. A Q&A follows each film with experts, community members, and special guests. All-Access pass…

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Nature as Inspiration: ICE AND THE SKY

| 2015 | 89 minutes | | , ,
Luc Jacquet

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An inspiring story about the life of 82 year old glaciologist, Claude Lorius, whose groundbreaking discoveries sounded the alarm for global warming. In 1955, scientist Claude set off with two fellow travelers for a one-year wintering journey in the Antarctic, with no possible return or support. On such unexplored lands, the young…

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Nature as Inspiration: SEASONS

| 2016 | 97 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud

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Post Screening Q&A with DAVID FOSTER, Ph.D. of Harvard Forest From French co-directors,Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, the Oscar®-nominated creators of Winged Migration and Oceans, comesA poetic chronicle of Europe over the past 15,000 years, filmed through the eyes of animals. A history of Europe is told through the paws, claws, and…

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Nature as Inspiration: BIKES vs CARS

| 2015 | 90 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Fredrik Gertten

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POST SCREENING Q&A GUESTS: Fredrik Gertten – Director  Ed Begley, Jr – Environmentalist/Actor Dave Whitmon – MV Joint Transportation Committee The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a…

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Nature as Inspiration: LOVE THY NATURE

| 2016 | 76 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sylvie Rokab

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Director, SYLVIE ROKAB will join us via Skype for our post screening Q&A An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy…

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

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Directed by Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
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In the animated comedy, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds–or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile…

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FILMUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 ALL-ACCESS PASS

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FILMUSIC FESTIVAL  Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26, 2016 The MV Film Society presents a weekend of feature films that celebrate the convergence of music, culture, and film with engaging films, receptions and live-music events. Music and film flow naturally together. Our third annual Filmusic Festival will bring you closer to the music…

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Filmusic Festival: THE WINDING STREAM

| 2015 | 1 hr. 30 mins. | | , , , ,
Directed by Beth Harrington

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The Winding Stream is a 90-minute music history documentary that tells the story of the American roots music dynasty – the Carters and the Cashes. Starting with the Original Carter Family, the film traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters, the marital…

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DARK HORSE

| 2016 | 85 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Louise Osmond

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Set in a former mining village in Wales, DARK HORSE is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion,…

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BIG FRIENDLY GIANT (THE BFG)

, | 2016 | 117 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Steven Spielberg
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Steve Spielberg’s BFG minimizes the darker elements of Roald Dahl’s classic in favor of a resolutely good-natured, visually stunning, and largely successful family-friendly adventure. A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because,…

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2016 Doc Week: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE — SOLD OUT

, | 2016 | 1 hr. 36 min. | | , , ,
Directed by MORGAN NEVILLE

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Morgan Neville, Academy Award Winner (2015 Best Documentary) will join us for a Q&A afterwards. From the director of the Oscar – winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the extraordinary…

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

| 2016 | 90 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Chris Renaud , Yarrow Cheney
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A comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable…

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Film Club: THE PRINCESS BRIDE

| 1987 | 98 minutes | | , , , ,
Directed by Rob Reiner

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An elderly man reads the book “The Princess Bride” to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson, the reading of the book which has been passed down within the family for generations. The grandson is sure he won’t like the story, with a romance at its core, he preferring something with…

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PETE’S DRAGON

| 2016 | 102 minutes | | , ,
Directed by David Lowery
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A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.  Wonderful live-action family film from Disney.

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

| 2016 | 101 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Travis Knight
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Older viewers will tune in to its melancholy – its battles between memory and loss, its themes of filial piety and betrayal – while younger ones will dig the more basic emotions of Kubo’s epic journey. Staggeringly beautiful and immensely true, this is the best animated film of 2016.  Voice cast includes Charlize Theron,…

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FINDING DORY

| 2016 | 100 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

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FINDING DORY reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters in 2016, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film.